Westport continued its remarkable run of achievement in the SuperValu Tidy Town competition when it was announced today (Monday, September 8 ) as Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town at the national awards ceremony in The Helix in Dublin.
Westport previously won the overall prize in 2001, 2006 and 2006. It has also taken the Tidiest Large Town prize in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and in 2012. Welcoming the news Minister of State, Michael Ring said “This award is richly deserved following the endless work and dedication involved in keeping Westport tidy. I wish to take this opportunity to highly commend the Chairperson of Westport Tidy Towns, Ms. Rhona Chambers, the committee itself and the large number of volunteers”. He went on to say that "The people of Westport take huge pride in the appearance of the town and it is wonderful to see their work in this regard being rewarded. Today Westport was also announced as making the top ten Tourism Town Award 2014. Westport has been shortlisted in the large town category and those winners will be announced in November”
Kilkenny City won the overall prize, with Clonegal in Carlow taking the Ireland’s Tidiest Village, Kilrush in Clare taking the gong for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, while Kilkenny city also scooped the Tidiest Large Urban Centre with its overall win. This year 894 towns and villages throughout the country entered the competition which has been running since 1958. The awards were presented by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in the Helix in Dublin.